Meet the UCLH Cancer Collaborative team 

Dr Afsana Bhuiya - Macmillan GP Improvement Lead

Afsana Bhuiya has been a GP since 2011 and works in an inner city practice in North London she also currently works for her local CCG in Islington.

Afsana has been working for London Cancer in the role of GP improvement lead with a focus on improving earlier diagnosis of cancer in primary care and living with cancer and beyond. She has developed and run a number of quality improvement projects that have been implemented in surgeries in London. The Guide to good quality coding and safety netting for GPs and the Cancer Safety Netting toolkit are some examples that can be found on the London Cancer website.

She studied medicine at Imperial College and she has previously worked for the RCGP to author and review online education modules. She is experienced in information technology in general practice and had published a Medical Finance App in the past. 

Fanta Bojang - programme manager (earlier diagnosis)

Fanta Bojang has been working in public health for over a decade with her experience spanning both the public and voluntary sectors. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in neuroscience at Kings College London. Fanta’s key interests include driving prevention and health promotion amongst deprived populations. She joined the UCLH Cancer Collaborative team in July and leads on the design and implementation of the lung programme in the earlier diagnosis work stream.

Sharon Cavanagh - Lead for Macmillan Integrated Cancer Programme

Sharon Cavanagh is the lead for Macmillan Integrated Cancer Programme and the Living with and Beyond Cancer programme for London Cancer. Sharon’s work focuses on improving patient experience and outcomes by implementing the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative.

Sharon has held senior clinical, strategic and professional lead roles within palliative care and cancer services in London for 16 years. An occupational therapist by profession, Sharon’s clinical area of expertise is palliative rehabilitation.

Donna Chung - head of Centre for Cancer Outcomes

Donna trained in medicine at King’s College London, and is a member of Royal College of Surgeons in England. She joined the London Cancer team after completing her MBA. One of Donna’s key interests is to systematically measure value in healthcare. Donna led the multidisciplinary diagnostic centres pilot for patients with non-specific but concerning symptoms at UCLH Cancer Collaborative. She is currently head of the Centre for Cancer Outcomes.

Joanna Clason - cancer communications lead

Joanna has worked in healthcare communications for over 15 years, first at the NHS Confederation and also for NHS Employers and NHS Careers. She began her career in a variety of roles in national and local politics, including working for former health secretary Frank Dobson, and serving as a councillor in Lambeth. Joanna has an MPhil in politics and communications from Liverpool University.

Emily Collins - senior programme manager, new models of care

Emily has worked in healthcare since graduating from Oxford University in 2003. She has spent the majority of her career working in the NHS, with a short period in Sydney, working in hospital administration and public health research. Her first NHS role as a cancer MDT coordinator led onto a series of roles in operational and project management in Womens’ Health and, since 2009, in Cancer Services. She has also held a previous role with London Cancer. She completed her MSc in Health Sciences with Health Services Management at Warwick University in 2012. Emily joined the team in May 2017 and is excited to use her operational knowledge of cancer services to underpin her work leading innovation and improvement through the new care models programme.

Simon Evans - project manager (London Cancer)

Before embarking on a career in healthcare Simon graduated from the University of East Anglia with an BA Hons in History and Politics. Simon has experience working in regulatory and charitable bodies but has devoted the majority of his working life to the NHS. Utilising the operational experience gained at UCLH Simon managed projects at the London Cancer Alliance/RM Partners before returning north of the river to manage the London Cancer Brain and Spine, Haematology, Lung and HPB Tumour Pathway Boards and Chemotherapy ERG.

Jacob Goodman - project manager (London Cancer)

Jacob completed his BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary college, University of London in 2013. Since then he has held numerous positions across Barts Health and UCLH before joining London Cancer in August 2016. Having previously been the Urology MDT coordinator at UCLH Jacob is leading on the MDT improvement project looking to improve the efficiencies of MDT meetings across the region. Jacob also manages the Urology, Skin, Colorectal, Upper GI (OG) and Radiotherapy pathway boards.

Farah Islam - clinical trial practitioner (earlier diagnosis)

Farah is an experienced clinical research practitioner in the NHS and associate lecturer at Coventry University, with a demonstrated history of working in industry, academia and clinical research. She has a strong educational background in life and health sciences with a BSc hons in Biomedical Science from Aston University, MSc in Molecular Biotechnology and PGCert in Genomic Medicine both from the University of Birmingham. Farah started her career in the NHS as a senior cancer data manager for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, before moving on to become a cancer genetics research coordinator at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, prior to joining UCLH Cancer Collaborative.

Dr Helga Elvira Laszlo - programme manager (earlier diagnosis)

Helga joined the UCLH cancer collaborative team in July 2016 and is leading on the Colorectal and Upper GI Cancer programmes within the Early diagnosis workstream. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering and economics and a PhD in Hungary and at University of Southampton. She has over ten years’ experience in managing large and complex public health, clinical research and engineering related programmes delivering large scale change in public and private sector and propelling quality improvement. Helga maintains a keen interest in disruptive technologies including medical robotics, AI, digital health and other innovations that could transform healthcare. She is passionate about public engagement and science communication and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the on-going evolution of science. She has been involved in numerous activities organised mainly for younger audiences, including the MRC Centenary event series and more recently the UK Robotics Week.

Claire Levermore - senior programme manager (earlier diagnosis)

Claire Levermore has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, predominantly in management roles at several London trusts including UCLH, Barts Health, Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. She also worked at London Cancer as part of the team working with NHS England (London) on the Case for Change and the specialist services re-organisation. Claire re-joined UCLH to help transfer haematology, oesophagus-gastric and brain services following the conclusion of the consultation. In xx 2016, Claire joined the UCLH Cancer Collaborative as the senior programme manager of the Earlier Diagnosis team. Claire is currently studying for an MSc in Social Epidemiology at UCL.

Jennifer McGivney - project manager (earlier diagnosis)

Jenni is a project manager, overseeing two biomarker clinical trials for early detection of pancreatic and oesophageal cancer. Jenni has been working at UCLH since she graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Physiotherapy. Initially she worked in administration and then moved into a data/audit supervisor role. After gaining some experience in managing projects she decided to focus on this and joined the earlier diagnosis team in September 2017.

Alexandra Morris - programme coordinator (earlier diagnosis)

Alex completed a BA in History of Art from University of Warwick in 2015. Since graduating she has held management positions within the consumer PR, marketing and communications sector leading on delivering strategic campaigns for a range of clients. Embarking upon a career in healthcare Alex joined the UCLH cancer collaborative team in July 2017.

Roxanne Payne - project co-ordinator (Macmillan Integrated Cancer Programme)

Roxanne is the project co-ordinator for the Macmillan Integrated Cancer Programme and the Living with and Beyond Cancer programme for London Cancer. Roxanne has previously worked in administrative support roles in healthcare including at GOSH and the UCL Cancer Institute before joining the UCLH Cancer Collaborative in November 2016. She is currently leading on a Lymphoedema Audit over different tumour types as a first step in helping to understand the unmet needs of our local population and identify any issues with referral onward to lymphoedema services.

Kathy Pritchard-Jones - chief medical officer

Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones is Chief Medical Officer for the UCLH Cancer Collaborative and London Cancer. Through these roles she has led the development of the London Cancer integrated cancer system, a new way of organising cancer care in north central and east London and west Essex, which focuses cancer care on the needs of the patient.

She is one of the UK’s foremost experts in childhood cancer, has been a consultant in the field for 20 years and is currently professor of paediatric oncology at the UCL Institute of Child Health and honorary consultant oncologist at Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust.

She heads a laboratory for research into the molecular biology of childhood renal tumours, principally Wilms’ Tumour. Her group is researching improving risk stratification and more personalised treatment made possible by molecular medicine, to give children the best chance of a long-term cure without undue risky and potentially damaging side-effects.

Kathy plays a leading role in the activities of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) in Europe, including the development of a European Cancer Plan for children and adolescents and oversight of the SIOP Renal Tumours Study Group, responsible for clinical trials in childhood kidney cancers across Europe and further afield.

Helen Saunders - senior programme manager (London Cancer)

Helen completed her undergraduate and MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oxford University before going on to take part in the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme which included operational and commissioning placements and a secondment into the healthcare strategy team at PwC. Following her training, Helen went on to work in commissioning before joining the UCLH cancer collaborative team in September 2016. Helen is part of the London Cancer team and the Pathway Board Manager for Head & Neck, Breast, Children and Teenagers and Young Adults.

Sherrice Weekes - programme coordinator (London Cancer)

Sherrice graduated with a BA in Public Relations and Communication at Southampton Solent University in 2007. She started her career in the NHS in 2008, working with children with disabilities in Hackney Community Services (Homerton NHS Trust). Sherrice became a keyworker coordinator supporting, advising and signposting families to the services available for children with disabilities and special educational needs. She started working in cancer services in 2015 when she became the Head and Neck MDT coordinator at Barts Health NHS Trust. Sherrice is currently the programme coordinator at London Cancer, supporting project managers with the pathway boards, project work and events.